The invitation showed as usual the front page of a newspaper from the country it had visited just before, in this case the South African Rapport. To the growing group of participants were added Truong Cong Tung, Nguyen Thanh Truc and Vo Thi Tran Chau. Find their contributions here.
For those that cannot physically attend tomorrow’s opening conversation for Loving Care between Prof.Dr. Dirk De Wachter and artist Pierre Mertens, you can now also follow it online.
Child-Help vzw that was set up by Pierre Mertens and of which Dirk De Wachter is the godfather, organizes the talk as a first in a series of six. You can register for following it online via their eventbrite-link. Please note that the talk and this link are in Dutch.
Find more info on the exhibition here.
One of the first things I was invited to do last year when I started teaching at ESADHaR in Rouen was to replace someone for the opening lecture of the conference Strategies abstraites de la peinture contemporaine. The proceedings of this conference, which was organised in collaboration with the institute Acte (EA 7539 Art, création, théorie, esthétique), École des arts, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, are now published.
Sara Bomans, Mini’s !, 2019 (mur du “musée” :31x23cm ; hauteur petite sculpture au premier plan : 6,7cm).
Stijn Cole, Mont Ventoux 14/04/2019 à 12h10 (oil on inkjetprint, A3).
I decided to talk and write about the observation that artists such as Kurt Schwitters, Sara Bomans and Stijn Cole (an admittedly somewhat unlikely combination) don’t make any differentiation in the use of abstract or figurative painting in their work. They find themselves literally entre chien et loup, in-between. You can find my text here.
The full proceedings with many excellent contributions by amongst others Benoit Géhane can be found here (in French).
A small reminder that this Sunday 27 September the exhibition Loving Care – 12 portraits of children will open at Blikfabriek, Antwerpen with a conversation between Prof. Dr. Dirk De Wachter and Pierre Mertens on the art of care.
You can attend this conversation live by booking a ticket via this eventbrite-link.
Doors will be open from 1.30pm, the conversation starts at 2pm.
The exhibition runs until Sunday 28 October and is freely accessible from Thursday to Sunday from 2pm to 6pm at
For more info visit this page
In 2010 the BOLERO-project travelled Dar es Salaam to South Africa to set up its tents in the Karoo Gallery in Church Street. Four more artists were added to the mix: Philip Willem Badenhorst, Christina Bryer, JP Meyer and Lyn Smuts.
Find their contributions in today’s Empirical Nonsense Daily here.
While our plans to show a new addition BOLERO in Marseille are hampered by the COVID-crisis, we continue to celebrate its 10th anniversary with the ongoing publications in the Empirical Nonsense Daily (END).
Today we visit Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where the project was shown in the Alliance Française in 2010. The image for the invite was the front page of an Ethiopian newspaper Work by the Tanzanian artists Ras Agon, Yves Goscinny and Gadi S. Ramadhani was added to the slowly growing collection. Find the publication with their art works here.
Bureau Doove is extremely excited to have been invited to participate in the wonderful Empirical Nonsense Daily. This project presents a different artist everyday since 1 August and will run until the end of July 2021.
Find all our contributions below and by clicking on the links:
Hester Doove – 26 August 2020
Sara Bomans – 1 September 2020
Alexandra Dementieva – 3 September 2020
(1) Addis Abeba – 6 September 2020
(2) Dar es Salaam – 13 September 2020
(3) Prince Albert – 20 September 2020
(4) Ho Chi Minh City – 27 September 2020
Music Portraits is published in English on 160 pages, format 22 x 26 cm with a preface by Dutch music journalist Leo Blokhuis. It can be ordered at Lecturis.
I’m very happy to announce that I will be curating the show Loving Care – 12 portraits of children by Pierre Mertens at Blikfabriek, Antwerp, opening Sunday 27 September.
The story why visual artist Pierre Mertens (Antwerp °1953) is obsessed with the tension between the masses and the individual, immediately touches you. The short life of his daughter Liesje (1978-1989) brought him from painting to global activism. Through a series of medical blunders, he focused from the early eighties onwards on raising awareness about the complex and uncertain conditions of hydrocephalus and spina bifida (open back) of which she too suffered.
Mertens responds to a society that strives for perfection and eliminates suffering. When not working in the studio, but in the world becomes primary — and you can take that very literally with numerous campaigns and projects in Africa and South America — it is not surprising that in situ work is the main format for Pierre Mertens.
He calls himself a contextual artist. His work is both aesthetically and ethically confronting and often revolves around social art projects on homeless people, the elderly, asylum seekers, unemployed migrants, social exclusion, AIDS and so on. A more recent project is the memorial in Tanzania for deceased children with disabilities (2019).
Over time, Mertens has built up a remarkable oeuvre in which his work as a visual artist, psychotherapist and development collaborator blends seamlessly into one another. This exceptional combination of activities has stood in the way of recognition after a brilliant start, but is now more topical than ever.
The large format (2 x 11.5m) paintings in Loving Care portray children with an untreated hydrocephalus. With this series Mertens as an artist-activist, wants to draw attention to a global health problem that affects about 1 million children every year. In addition, a series of works are shown which are directly related to other works of Mertens related to spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
Opening Sunday 27 September 2020 at 2pm (doors open from 1.30pm) with a conversation between Prof. Dr. Dirk De Wachter and Pierre Mertens on the art of caring
Due to COVID there’s only room for maximum 200 people during this conversation and the opening event. Please sign up to secure your place via this eventbrite-link.
Open till Sunday 25 October 2020
Free access from Thursday to Sunday from 2pm to 6pm
On Saturday 12 September Alexandra Dementieva takes part in the launch by Leonardo/ISAST and the CYLAND MediaArtLab of Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous St Petersburg in conjunction with the CYFEST 13 Festival theme Chaos and Cosmos. With as its subjectThe Cosmos above us and the touchscreen in front of us, this LASER will present “out of this world” artists and scientists as a preview to the upcoming festival and the Leonardo journal on Space Arts in English and Russian.
Participants of this discussion are artists whose interest is addressed to the Cosmos, which is in long distance from our actual presence. In the artworks it’s expressed in forms of objects, installations with physical properties, perceived in real time, activated by action, or as performances requiring a live involvement.
After the continuous pause of forced seclusion we need and we want to fully return back to the physical world. One of the most desired answers is how this will happen, taking into the account that this worldwide shared Covid-story hasn’t ended yet. Our constant activity didn’t reduce unlike air traffic and artistic nomad life. It has changed the dimension and turned from one to one into peer to peer exchange. Thanks to strong and stable internet connections, we continue to contact, communicate, cooperate.
Being three-dimensional human, we interact with a flat screen, which, as the Cosmos, may be considered as not yetfully explored and an unexpected deep and infinite space. It may be a new source for concepts of the future with the scenario where we ever deeper dive in the online. But what about the three-dimensional human body, its need and ability to perceive the world? In the form of dialogue and opinion exchange, we offer to discuss what will happen with our need for a living tangible experience in the future? How may change the encounters of viewers with art? What role lays on the physical characteristics of the artwork, materials from which it was created and its perception? What role is allotted to the physical, sensorial, perceptible aspects of artworks?
Moderator: Natalia Kolodzei.
Cyland Media Lab
UCLA Art|Sci Center
12 September 2020
10:00 am San Francisco, 7:00 (19:00) Linz
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